(Source of photo – justwatch.com/uk/movie/hairspray-2007 ) Hairspray the Musical (2007) is a film loved by many. It explores themes of acceptance, triumph and dreams which are relatable subjects used in film, theatre and storytelling all over the world. Rewatching this childhood classic thirteen years later, it was shocking to see how many issues are embedded within Hairspray’s portrayal of 1960s Baltimore, its understanding of race … Continue reading Everything Wrong with Hairspray The Musical (2007)
(Left: Ron Stallworth/John David Washington Right: Ron Stallworth) Source – http://www.vanityfair.com Spike Lee’s The BlacKkKlansman is an interesting “documentary like” film. It reveals the historical and present day realities of being black in America, whilst forcing its audience to acknowledge that white supremacy is alive and well. My issue is whether or not Spike Lee’s approach to talking about race is truly confrontational. The majority … Continue reading The BlacKkKlansman Fails Its Black Audience
In the UK, ethnic minorities are disadvantaged in comparison to their white English or British counterparts. Despite this fact, ethnic minorities, especially people of colour are often invisible in conversations about social class. Some attribute this to the non-inclusive ways of the British left, however it is much deeper in terms of political gain, colonialism and national identity. Englishness and Britishness act as exclusive clubs … Continue reading Why Poor People Of Colour Are Absent From The Political Agenda
Once again the white working class have in searching for change politically, failed to acknowledge the suffering of others. Continue reading Will You Acknowledge The Poor Now?
South London born and raised. Multicultural, quirky and full of character it will always remain. Known to many as the home of the creativity, chicken and chip shops and towering estate buildings. But in this town lies deep structural inequality. Continue reading Poor but Proud